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Ten Random Facts About The Emmys

Jason English
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1. The name "Emmy" was derived from the term "immy," which described the image orthicon tubes common in early TV cameras.

2. In 1987, The Facts of Life was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling.

3. Pee-Wee's Playhouse won 22 Emmy Awards (including Daytime Emmys). Paul Reubens was also nominated as a guest star on Murphy Brown.

4. In 1971, George C. Scott turned down his Oscar for the movie Patton, complaining the Oscars were a petty popularity contest. But that same year, he accepted an Emmy for his role in Hallmark Hall of Fame's The Price.

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6. Speaking of Grammer, he's the only actor to be nominated for the same character on three different shows "“ Wings (once), Cheers (twice), and Frasier (ten nominations, four Best Actor wins). Speaking of Cheers, Sam Malone, Diane Chambers, Carla Tortelli, Lilith Sternin-Crane, Woody Boyd and Rebecca Howe were all winners. John Cleese also won an Outstanding Guest Actor statue for his brilliant Dr. Simon Finch-Royce.

7. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards both won for Seinfeld. Jason Alexander was nominated "“ and lost "“ seven consecutive times; Jerry himself lost five straight years.

8. Dynasty was nominated 24 times; Dynasty lost 24 times.

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10. The Emmy Statues are manufactured by a company with a manufacturing site at the El Dorado Correctional Facility in El Dorado, Kansas. Also at the El Dorado Correctional Facility: BTK killer Dennis Rader. This is one of those facts that seems made up and randomly posted on both Wikipedia and Answers.com. Only use this nugget if you've spent the other nine.

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